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  1. Amazon Launches German MP3 Store

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.de is the latest Amazon online retail platform to offer digital downloads. The German service launched today (April 1) with a catalog of 5 million DRM-free tracks. Like the U.K. Amazon MP3 store, which launched in December, prices are compe ...

  2. Google Launches Free, Legal Music Downloads In China

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc on Monday launched free downloads of licensed songs in China, while sharing advertising revenue with major music labels in a market rife with online piracy. Lee Kai-Fu, president of Google in greater China, said one reason Google lagged ...

  3. Borsato Lights Up Edisons

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Domestic pop superstar Marco Borsato was a double winner at the Dutch music industry's annual Edison Awards, held last night at the Rotterdam World Trade Center. Borsato, who has been a major artist in the Benelux countries since the mid-1990 ...

  4. Stone Roses Reunion Report Rebuffed

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following reports of Stone Roses reunion for a tour by a U.K. tabloid, a spokeswoman for singer Ian Brown says she has no knowledge about the band reforming. According to the Daily Mirror, the band has lined up dates in the U.K. and U.S. with at l ...

  5. Solis, Sebastian Take ASCAP Songwriting Honors

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Two regional Mexican icons - Marco Antonio Solis and Joan Sebastian - won the songwriter of the year award at the 17th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards held tonight at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sebastian's song "Par ...

  6. Australia's Central Station Relaunched

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian dance label Central Station Records has been revived within the Universal Music fold. The specialist dance firm will be guided by GM Jamie Raeburn and founders/former owners Morgan Williams and Giuseppe Palumbo, along with Ministry of S ...

  7. Games Boost Belgian Entertainment Sales

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST With a growth of 6% to €650 million ($828 million), the Belgian entertainment market had a positive 2008, despite music sales continuing to decline - down 8.7% from €183 million ($233 million) in 2007 to €167 million ($212.7 million) last year. Th ...

  8. Brits Artists' Sales Surge

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST BRIT Awards performers and winners including Duffy, the Ting Tings and Elbow have already seen a digital sales bounce, following the TV broadcast of the ceremony. According to the Official Charts Co, there was an immediate impact on download sales ...

  9. Chris Brown Included In MTV Australia Awards Noms

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Flo Rida, Pink and Kings of Leon are in the running for the coveted best video trophy at the Vodafone MTV Australia Awards, nominations for which were unveiled Thursday (Feb. 19). Chris Brown has two nominations. Beyonce's ...

  10. Coldplay Tops 2008 Global Sales List

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Coldplay's "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI) was the best-selling album of 2008 globally, according to new figures from the IFPI. The international recording industry organization said the U.K. melodic roc ...

  11. Fundraising Efforts For Aus Bushfire Tragedy Victims

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Andre Rieu, Midnight Oil and Delta Goodrem are among dozens of high profile artists who have thrown their support behind fundraising efforts for victims of Australia's destructive bushfires. American superstars ...

  12. MidemNet Day 2: Biz Looks To Licensing ISPs

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST "Change is coming" was the message at day two of the MidemNet conference in Cannes, although there was still plenty of lively debate about how ISPs can work with the record labels. MidemNet is a conference focusing on music in the digita ...

  13. Death Row Assets Auctioned For $18 Million

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST The assets of Death Row Records, said to include master recordings of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, were auctioned off today (Jan. 15) for $18 million to WIDEawake Entertainment Group, a development company out of Canada. Because of the le ...

  14. Blu-ray Lights Up U.K. DVD Sales

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Demand for the high-definition Blu-ray format drove U.K. DVD volumes up in 2008, according to new figures from trade body the British Video Association. Total DVD sales rose 1.9% year-on-year to 252.9 million units. That included 3.7 million Blu-r ...

  15. Fleet Foxes Performs Strongly For U.K. Indie

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Seattle folk-rock band Fleet Foxes has scored the first gold-certified record for U.K. indie Bella Union in recognition of 100,000 shipments. The band's harmony-heavy, self-titled debut was voted the best album of 2008 by Billboard critics . ...

  16. Universal/Rock Add China To Asian Deal

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Leading Asian independent label Rock Records has renewed and expanded its exclusive sales and distribution agreement with Universal Music in a deal which will see Taiwan-based Rock's catalog handled by Universal in mainland China. The four-ye ...

  17. Hutchison 3G Austria Launches Download, Subscription Services

    November 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile multi-media provider Hutchison 3G Austria has launched a music store that gives consumers a choice between subscription and download-to-own platforms. The download-to-own store has a catalog of over 3.3 million audio tracks (in MP3 and WMA ...

  18. Universal Aus Goes Play MPE Route For Pre-Releases

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian affiliate of Universal Music has reached an exclusive arrangement that enables all its pre-release music to be digitally serviced to media and press outlets via the Play MPE software. It's the second major coup in a week for th ...

  19. Queen + Paul Rodgers 'Rocks' Virtual World

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hollywood Records and Universal Music have called upon Vivaty to create a virtual world listening party for the new Queen + Paul Rodgers album "The Cosmos Rocks." The company, which specializes in creating social virtual scenes, has buil ...

  20. EMI Rebuffs Baidu Claims

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has denied that it has signed on with Beijing-based search engine Baidu’s ad-funded music streaming service that previews new releases. Baidu, which claims a 70% market share in China, announced that it had partnered with EMI for its &qu ...

  21. Baidu Signs Up 80 Labels For Ad-Funded Pre-Release Streaming

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beijing-based search engine Baidu has partnered with 80 labels on an ad-funded music streaming service that previews new releases. Baidu has been embroiled in legal battles with the majors over its music search engine, which provides "deep li ...

  22. U2 Receives 1.56 Million Live Nation Shares For Deal

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2 will receive an estimated $19 million worth of Live Nation shares as part of a 12-year deal the rock band signed with the concert promotion company earlier this year. Los Angeles-based Live Nation yesterday (Oct. 16) registered 1.56 million sha ...

  23. Russian Download Service Launches With Three Majors

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Broadcaster Russian Media Group and the investment and financial group Kapital have launched what they claim to be Russia's largest legitimate online music store, Muz.ru. RMG says the site will have more than one million tracks available for ...

  24. Black Eyed Peas Album Nears 'The E.N.D.'

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas are due to complete their fifth album, "The E.N.D.," in London next week. "I'll be finishing the record Oct. 15," producer and group member will.i.am tells Billboard.biz. Recording sessions have been ta ...

  25. Public Vote For "Motown 50" Compilation

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Motown Records Group is marking 50 years of its Motown label with various releases and events leading up to the Jan. 2009 anniversary of the company. Now it has emerged that the public will get to vote on the track-listing of the "M ...

  26. 7digital Signs Sony BMG To MP3

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. download service 7digital.com has signed a deal with Sony BMG to sell around 250,000 tracks from its catalog in high quality MP3 format. 7digital says it is now the largest DRM-free store in the U.K., with a total of four million tracks. It h ...

  27. 'Now' Compilation Celebrates Silver Anniversary

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI will celebrate the 25th U.K. anniversary of the "Now That's What I Call Music" compilation series with the release of a special edition, triple-CD set. "Now 25 Years" (EMI TV), will be released Oct. 27 in the U.K., wil ...

  28. Majors Ink O2 Concert Distribution Deal

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital content provider New Stream Media (NSM) has inked licensing deals with the four majors, allowing it to record and distribute concerts at London's O2 and indigo2 venues. NSM -- the venues' digital content partner -- has signed dea ...

  29. Playlouder Rebuffs Reports Of ISP Download Deal

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Media technology company Playlouder MSP has rebuffed online reports that it is ready to partner with a major U.K. ISP on a music service that allows users to download from file-sharing networks by compensating rights holders. The London-based comp ...

  30. Australia's Eleven Switches To Universal

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of Australia's most successful independent labels, Eleven A Music Company, has found a new home -- and a 50% partnership - with Universal Music, with effect from Sept. 1. Set up by Sydney-based act managers John Watson and Melissa Chenery ...

  31. 'Mamma Mia!' Sparks Aussie ABBA Revival

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Abba are in the money money money on Australia's sales charts. In the wake of the Australian theatrical release of "Mamma Mia!", no less than ten Abba titles have made impressions on this week's Motorola Australian Record Indus ...

  32. The Indies Issue: The Visionaries

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Here, Billboard presents 10 indie innovators who are taking risks and reaping the rewards. Click here to read more information about each innovator. Pennywise Take one venerable punk band, add a pioneering social networking site, throw cash from a ...

  33. EMI Deal Unlocks BBC Archive

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has handed EMI Music the keys to its treasure-filled broadcast vault. Through an agreement struck between EMI and BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, both parties will have control to tap into one another's content wells. Th ...

  34. BPI Plots Japan Trade Mission

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BPI will launch its trade mission to Japan on Aug. 3 in conjunction with the program of events to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.K. and Japan. The U.K. music industry trade body is running its Japan trip for t ...

  35. Universal France Goes Plastic With Credit Card Initiative

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music and French bank Société Générale will launch on May 26 a co-branded credit card offering users access to numerous music services. The So Music card will be available to customers of Société Générale in France. In addition to the us ...

  36. Universal Onboard With France's Deezer

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has signed an agreement with French ad-supported on-demand streaming service Deezer, which will provide users from 35 European and Mediterranean countries free access to almost 1 million titles. Deezer co-founder Jonathan Benassaya ...

  37. Universal Strikes Deal For TDC's Play

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Danish Internet service provider TDC has reached a content licensing agreement with Universal Music for its free music download service Play. The latest deal gives Play the full-house of major labels. The service was launched on April 1 with three ...

  38. Hung Tik Joins Live Nation

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation is bolstering its business in China with the hire of local label veteran Hung Tik to its team. The executive, until recently Universal Music's managing director Hong Kong and China, has joined the live music giant as senior VP for ...

  39. EMI Promotions For Leonard, Unger-Hamilton

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guy Hands' radical transformation of EMI continues to reverberate within the U.K. company. The latest twist to the ongoing saga sees promotions for top A&R-oriented executives Miles Leonard and Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, while Mark Collen and ...

  40. Island Records UK To Name Co-Presidents

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Island Records (UK) executives Darcus Beese and Ted Cockle will be named co-presidents of the UK label tomorrow (April 16), according to sources. The duo will replace the label's current president Nick Gatfield, whose contract was not renewed ...

  41. Babasonicos Goes Mobile

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in Latin America, a major act -- Argentine rock group Babasónicos -- has released its new album exclusively in mobile format prior to its brick and mortar release. The mobile release of "Mucho" was made posible via a d ...

  42. Baidu Responds To Lawsuit

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Popular Beijing-based search engine Baidu has responded to a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed against it on Feb. 4 by Universal Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People ...

  43. Baidu Challenged With $9M Copyright Lawsuit

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court has agreed to hear a copyright-infringement suit against web portal Baidu. The suit was filed Feb. 4 by Universal Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong, the IFPI ...

  44. Stones 'Shine' In London Premiere

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT From out of the gloom on a drizzly London night, the spotlight fell squarely on the Rolling Stones as Martin Scorsese's concert film "Shine A Light" got the red carpet treatment in the capital. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie W ...

  45. TDC Presses 'Play' On Unlimited Download Offering

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Danish telecom TDC has unveiled a new service, "Play," which enables its broadband and mobile customers unlimited access to roughly one million tracks from over 30 labels, including three of the four majors. Play started at one minute pa ...

  46. Cut Copy Debuts At No. 1 Down Under

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A second homegrown act has debuted at the top spot of the Motorola Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart in the month of March. Following Perth band Gyroscope's high debut with "Breed Obsession" (Mushroom/ Warner), ...

  47. Live Nation Inks 12-Year Pact With U2

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2's deal with Live Nation puts the promoter in business with one of the highest earning bands in the world for more than a decade. It's a 12-year deal with Live Nation Artists that includes worldwide touring, merchandising, and the band ...

  48. Ekander Succeeds Werner As Bonnier Amigo CEO

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fredrik Ekander will begin his reign as the new CEO of Bonnier Amigo Music Group with effect from April 1, following the departure of the independent music company's longtime chief Ludvig Werner. Werner succeeded Jonas Siljemark at the helm o ...

  49. SAMAs Nominations For Freshlyground, Zonke, Baxter

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Newcomers figure prominently in the list of nominees for the 14th annual MTN South African Music Awards, which will be held May 3 at Sun City in the North West Province. But the stage is all set for a night of Freshlyground domination. Cape Town-b ...

  50. Soribada Gets OK For Legal P2P Service

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Soribada, South Korea's top P2P music service provider, claims it has received approval from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to launch a legal subscription-based P2P music-download service May 1. A Soribada spokesperson explains t ...

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